McGraw-Hill Launches New Edition of 'DLM Early Childhood Express' Program

Early childhood education program teaches little children big ideas through comprehensive learning system using the latest research

May 19, 2010, 09:14 ET from McGraw-Hill Education

NEW YORK, May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- McGraw-Hill recently introduced a new edition of The DLM (Developmental Learning Materials) Early Childhood Express, a national program for Pre-K students, which teaches 3- and 4-year-olds essential concepts in reading, math and other core subjects through a comprehensive learning system that prepares them for a lifetime of learning.

The DLM program, developed using the latest research in early childhood education, covers a wide range of subjects: literacy, math, science, social studies, fine arts, health/safety, social and emotional development, music, physical movement and technology. Through a fully integrated instructional approach, student assessment and digitally rich programming, DLM is designed to ensure students develop a solid foundation for future success.

Research has shown that children learn best by making connections between what they already know about the world around them and the material they learn in school.  DLM helps foster children's understanding through meaningful and purposeful activities.  With this in mind, each of the program's eight units provides an essential question relating to the unit's theme.  One essential question is, "How do living things grow and change?" Each week, this topic will expand children's thinking and understanding of growing and changing.  

The DLM program features a range of new resources for Pre-K educators based on feedback that McGraw-Hill has received from teachers across the country. These resources include new flip charts, manipulatives, big books that are useful for shared reading, and other teaching and learning materials, which are based on the latest research in early childhood education. The new flip charts feature rhymes and chants to help build phonological awareness everyday throughout the school year. These charts are accompanied by songs, which are familiar to most Pre-K students. The songs are available in English and Spanish.  

"The DLM program's solid instruction and engaging activities will help prepare our future doctors, lawyers, architects, nurses, teachers and pilots to achieve academic and social success," said Douglas H. Clements, author of The DLM Early Childhood Express, and SUNY Distinguished Professor in the University at Buffalo's Graduate School of Education and active member of the Mathematics Work Team focusing on the K-12 Common Core State Standards Initiative. "The program's comprehensive learning system, integrated instruction and digital technology will play a beneficial role in the early childhood education of our 21st century learners."

Student assessment is also a vital component of DLM. The program's guidelines and forms allow teachers to effectively implement assessment in the Pre-K classroom and make informed teaching decisions regarding the developmental and educational needs of students. Additionally, DLM offers 21st century technology, including e-books for all stories in the program and an online planner, providing teachers the opportunity to plan and adjust their lessons at home.  

DLM is aligned with each state's early childhood education standards and the standards of Head Start, a national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.

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